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Brewster, Washington
—  City  —
The outskirts of Brewster
Location of Brewster, Washington
Coordinates: 48°5′55″N 119°46′54″W / 48.09861°N 119.78167°W / 48.09861; -119.78167Coordinates: 48°5′55″N 119°46′54″W / 48.09861°N 119.78167°W / 48.09861; -119.78167
Country United States
State Washington
County Okanogan
 - Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 - Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 814 ft (248 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,189
 Density 1,828.0/sq mi (705.8/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98812
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-07835[1]
GNIS feature ID 1516938[2]

Brewster is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,189 at the 2000 census.



In 1811, John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established Fort Okanogan just north of the present site of Brewster, which was the first American post in Washington. In 1859, the area experienced a gold rush, and by 1880, steamboats had become a common sight on the Columbia River as far north as Brewster. Most of the settlers in the area were cattle and sheep ranchers. Brewster was officially incorporated on April 29, 1910. The construction of the railroad through Brewster in 1914 created more opportunities for the region, including mining and logging.

The economy of Brewster currently depends on the fruit industry. Four warehouses in the town pack several million boxes of fruit annually. These warehouses are supported by thousands of acres of orchards in the surrounding countryside.


Brewster is located on the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers at 48°05′55″N 119°46′54″W / 48.098583°N 119.781530°W / 48.098583; -119.781530 (48.098583, -119.781530).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,189 people, 662 households, and 485 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,828.0 people per square mile (704.3/km2). There were 739 housing units at an average density of 617.1/sq mi (237.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.91% White, 0.37% African American, 2.28% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 38.78% from other races, and 3.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 59.5% of the population.

There were 662 households out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.23 and the average family size was 3.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.3% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,556, and the median income for a family was $22,381. Males had a median income of $15,652 versus $16,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,555. About 29.1% of families and 31.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

For population 25 years and older, 50.2% have a high school diploma or higher, 8.1% have a bachelor's degree or higher, and 3.4% have a graduate or professional degree.


The radio telescope located in Brewster is one of ten dishes comprising the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).

Sister City

Brewster has the following sister cities.[4]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Sister cities, Washington Lieutenant Governor's Office, 


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